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nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a "fiscal cliff" summit. >> here we are five days from the new year, and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: today's white house meeting might be the last chance to come to an agreement. that's because it takes time for a bill to work its way through both chambers of congress. >> i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: under senate rules the only way a bill could make its way through the procedure hurdles in time is if every senator agrees not to slow the progress. the house will be back here sunday night giving them just more than 24 hours to vote on any bill the senate works out. outside the beltway, carlino will be watching. >> everybody's kind of in a wait-and-see and fingers crossed perspective right now. >> reporter: since 1930, this is only the fifth time congress has worked after christmas. tara mergener for cbs news, washington. >>> today's meeting will be the first time president obama and all four leaders of the house and senate have met in person
the old fiscal cliff. this morning its appears democratic senate leader harry reid may take the lead in crafting a compromise to prevent tax hikes on at least the middle class which was the president's parting plea before going to hawaii. both reid and the president were in hawaii this weekend for the funeral of senator daniel inouye. >>> as the leaders try to come to some sort of agreement on capitol hill. local leaders are preparing the lose billions in dollarss. cbs 5 political insider phil matier now reports. >> reporter: the smiling san francisco mayor ed lee was one of the first officials show toe up at the an -- to show up at the annual lefty o'doul's toy drive. but they aren't going to get christmas cheer out of washington this year. not with the pending fiscal cliff and the threat of the $7.5 billion cut in nonentitled services. >> that fiscal cliff will hurt the city to the tune of almost $100 million right away. >> reporter: most of the cuts could be in health care, welfare programs for the poor, aids programs and housing. >> that's just an immediate hit. >> reporter: acro
majority leader harry reid had worked on christmas at the capital on a scaled-down plan to avoid tax hikes for all but the wealthiest americans. his plan would also include short term spending cuts instead of long term deals that had been sought. >>> president obama will cut his hawaiian vacation short today and return to washington to take part in "fiscal cliff" negotiations. >>> holiday sales grew at a weak pace this year. the weakest in four years. mastercard advisors spending pulse reports that sales in the two months before christmas increased .7% over last year. a lot of analysts expected sales to be up 3 or 4%. but wait, there is more. when i worked in retail when i was in college, christmas was busy enough. but the day after christmas? it was unbelievable! cbs 5 reporter cate caugiran is in san leandro where after- christmas shopping has already started. >> reporter: yes, brian. it started at 5:00 this morning at the bay fair center in san leandro. according to a consumer reports poll about 1 in 7 adults will return a christmas gift so that's part of it. for the other part i'
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